This is my dad’s all time favorite cookie. A batch of these will last him a good long while since he made a habit long ago of eating them very slowly in order to make them last as long as possible. :-) They are German in origin and Daddy used to receive a box of them every Christmas from a Mennonite friend in his home church. He says he could usually make them last till Easter.
If they are hardened properly they will last a very long time and stay fresh. Consequently, these would probably be good cookies to send to troops overseas. They are also best eaten with a hot drink such as tea or coffee if you don’t happen to like gnawing hard cookies. My husband calls these “dog biscuits”. :-) They are not quite that hard, but they can be pretty “firm”.
This particular batch was made with candied citrus peel in it that Mom and I made recently. It made the cookies moister and they never did get really hard.
1/2 C. shortening
3/4 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. molasses
mixture of 3 drops of anise oil and 1 Tbl. hot water
3 1/3 C. flour
1/2 tsp. soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/8 tsp. white pepper
(Increase spices if you like a stronger taste.)
Mix dry ingredients into wet gradually with hands. Knead dough until right consistency for molding. Roll into strips and cut into bite-size pieces with scissors. Bake on greased baking sheet at 350 degrees about 8 minutes. If you want them hard allow to sit out till hardened.